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Sunday, January 10, 2021

SfK January 2021 Newsletter

 

Synergy for the Kingdom
Isaiah 43:19
 
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and stream in the wasteland."
JANUARY 2021
Happy New Year! As we welcome 2021, let us look forward to God's providence and provision this year. The article below discusses BAM's transformative role in faith based entrepreneurship. We, at SfK, believe God's transformative power can permeate through communities through BAM businesses and operations. 
 

The Transformative Role of Enterprise
Article was featured on the Faith Driven Entrepreneur website
by Reuben Coulter

We believe that Faith Driven Entrepreneurs and Investors can create transformation in four main ways; Wealth and Job Creation, Innovation, Evangelism, and Discipleship and Cultural Transformation. The calling and gifts of the business leader are complementary to those of those of the minister and where possible should work in partnership together.

1. Business can create jobs and wealth

Two thirds of the world’s population live in poverty. Over 600 million new jobs will need to be created globally by 2030. Rapidly growing populations means that youth are often unemployed and without a future. Small & medium enterprises (with annual turnover from $100,000 to $50m) create more than 90% of formal employment opportunities in frontier and emerging markets, making them an essential part of every economy and an important lever for social and environmental impact. 

2. Business can provide innovative solutions to the world’s needs

Yesterday’s solutions can’t solve today's problems. Innovation and technology can help tackle complex problems and enable nations to leapfrog forward. Entrepreneurs are the forward-thinkers the global economy needs. They look at technology as an opportunity to move forward in leaps and bounds.. In doing so, this type of innovation can create new markets and generate inclusive prosperity.

3. Business can reach the unreached

32% of the world claim to be Christians, but over 7,000 people groups have never heard of Christ. Evangelism is restricted in many countries and Christians are often persecuted. Other faiths like Islam are growing rapidly especially among youth. Faith-driven entrepreneurs can go to places where traditional missionaries can’t, and they can build meaningful relationships with and witness to their employees, customers, and suppliers. 

4. Business can disciple leaders and transform culture

Too often people have a ‘Sunday only’ faith which is divorced from the daily reality of making ends meet. This disjointed faith turns a blind eye to corruption or promotes a prosperity gospel which focuses on personal enrichment. Faith-Driven Businesses can nurture their employees in their faith and disciple them to live Christ-like lives. In turn, these businesses and leaders will affect change in every aspect of society.

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 Ministry Updates 
 
  • Srolan Mango in Cambodia has begun the construction of its second manufacturing facility. Upon completion, expected in April 2021, the business will have hired an additional 22 Cambodian employees and the production capacity will increase to 50 tons a year from the current level of 20 tons. Please pray that the construction process will progress smoothly. 
 
  • Joybells America in the U.S. is undergoing a change in its leadership. Please pray that the change will bring refocused attention to the much-needed expansion of its marketing activities.
  • SfK MB Academy is launching its second online training program, called "Post BMT." This program will first be introduced in Korean starting January 2021 and is made available only to the graduates of BMT. BMT will meet once a month on selected topics. Please pray that this training program will continue the equipping for missional businesses. 
  • Some of SfK's members were hit hard by COVID-19, like most businesses around the world, but continue overcoming their difficulties with perseverance. In the midst of these challenges, some made a breakthrough and made a contribution to the fight against this vicious virus. Earth Heir, SfK's MB Community member in Malaysia, has refocused its attention to make personal protective equipment (PPE) made by refugees with the Fair Trade recognition and has gained wide support beyond Malaysia. Please pray that all missional businesses will make an innovative breakthrough in the midst of the formidable challenges they face.
 
  • Hesed Group, a strategic partner with SfK Network, has reviewed the business plans of its member businesses for 2021, and all members resolved to move forward with innovative solutions even under the continuing threat of COVID-19. Please pray that God will uphold all leaders with His righteous right hand in their endeavors in 2021. 
 Upcoming Events 
  1. SfK MB Academy plans to hold its second BMT from August 2021
    Please pray that the online training platform will gain more traction going forward. 
  2. Hesed Cambodia is exploring the possibility of producing baby meal products. 
    Please pray that this effort may be fruitful. 
  3. Joybells Investment in Korea in collaboration with another Christian organization is establishing a crowdfunding entity to establish a funding mechanism for social and missional businesses in Korea as well as overseas. SfK Korea will make an investment in this venture
    Please pray that this joint effort will help advance God's Kingdom in a creative way.
  4. SfK Network is exploring collaboration efforts with many agricultural businesses in India, Kenya, and the Philippines
    Please pray that these efforts will bear fruits that will only further the Kingdom of God. 
  5. SfK Network is finalizing its 3-year strategic plan (2021-2023) to be presented to the SfK Life board of directors on January 30. Please pray that the plan will be prepared with conscious intent to serve His Kingdom by serving effectively His Kingdom businesses.
Thank you for standing with us faithfully through prayer and support in equipping and empowering missional businesses in Asia and Africa.

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May the good and faithful Lord bless you abundantly, even in the midst of the continuing grip of the COVID-19, so that you may become a greater blessing to people in need around you and around the world.
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SfK 뉴스 레터 - 2021년 1월호

 

Synergy for the Kingdom
이사야 43:19
 
보라 내가  일을 행하리니 이제 나타낼 것이라 너희가 그것을 알지 못하겠느냐 반드시 내가 광야에 길을 사막에 강을 내리니 
JANUARY 2021
Happy New Year! As we welcome 2021, let us look forward to God's providence and provision this year. The article below discusses BAM's transformative role in faith based entrepreneurship. We, at SfK, believe God's transformative power can permeate through communities through BAM businesses and operations. 
 

The Transformative Role of Enterprise
Article was featured on the Faith Driven Entrepreneur website
by Reuben Coulter

We believe that Faith Driven Entrepreneurs and Investors can create transformation in four main ways; Wealth and Job Creation, Innovation, Evangelism, and Discipleship and Cultural Transformation. The calling and gifts of the business leader are complementary to those of those of the minister and where possible should work in partnership together.

1. Business can create jobs and wealth

Two thirds of the world’s population live in poverty. Over 600 million new jobs will need to be created globally by 2030. Rapidly growing populations means that youth are often unemployed and without a future. Small & medium enterprises (with annual turnover from $100,000 to $50m) create more than 90% of formal employment opportunities in frontier and emerging markets, making them an essential part of every economy and an important lever for social and environmental impact. 

2. Business can provide innovative solutions to the world’s needs

Yesterday’s solutions can’t solve today's problems. Innovation and technology can help tackle complex problems and enable nations to leapfrog forward. Entrepreneurs are the forward-thinkers the global economy needs. They look at technology as an opportunity to move forward in leaps and bounds.. In doing so, this type of innovation can create new markets and generate inclusive prosperity.

3. Business can reach the unreached

32% of the world claim to be Christians, but over 7,000 people groups have never heard of Christ. Evangelism is restricted in many countries and Christians are often persecuted. Other faiths like Islam are growing rapidly especially among youth. Faith-driven entrepreneurs can go to places where traditional missionaries can’t, and they can build meaningful relationships with and witness to their employees, customers, and suppliers. 

4. Business can disciple leaders and transform culture

Too often people have a ‘Sunday only’ faith which is divorced from the daily reality of making ends meet. This disjointed faith turns a blind eye to corruption or promotes a prosperity gospel which focuses on personal enrichment. Faith-Driven Businesses can nurture their employees in their faith and disciple them to live Christ-like lives. In turn, these businesses and leaders will affect change in every aspect of society.

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 사역동정 
 
  • 캄보디아 스럴란망고 2번째 제조 공장시설 증설공사를 시작했습니다 사업은 2021  4  완공 예정입니다 공장 증설이 끝나면 캄보디아 직원 22 명을 추가로 고용하게  것이며 현재  생산 능력 20  수준이 완공  연간 50 톤으로 증가하게 됩니다공사가 순조롭게 진행될  있도록 기도해주시기 바랍니다.

 
  • 미국 Joybells America 리더십에 변화가 진행 중입니다 변화가 마케팅 활동의  필요한 확장에 다시 초점을 맞출  있도록 기도해주시기 바랍니다.

  • SfK MB Academy "Post BMT" (기업가 기초훈련 후속 프로그램라는 2번째 온라인 훈련 프로그램을 시작합니다 프로그램은 2021  1 월부터 한국어로 처음 소개되며 BMT(기업가 기초훈련졸업자에게만 제공됩니다선택한 주제에 대해  달에  번씩 화상회의로 진행될 예정입니다 훈련 프로그램이 선교 사업가들을 지속적으로 훈련하는데 유익하게 사용되도록 기도해주시기 바랍니다.

  •  세계 대부분의 기업과 마찬가지로 SfK 멤버들  다수는 신종 코로나바이러스 감염증 (코로나 19)  타격을 입었지만 인내심을 가지고 계속해서 싸우고 있습니다그런 와중에서도 일부 멤버는 창의적인 돌파구를 찾아내 악독한 바이러스와의 싸움 중에 오히려 성장을 기록하기도 하였습니다예를 들어말레이시아의 SfK MB 공동체 멤버인 Earth Heir 공정 거래 (Fair Trade) 인증을 받아서 난민이 만든 개인 보호 장비 (PPE) 만들어 공급  판매 하는데 집중하여 말레이시아를 넘어 광범위한 지원과 인정을 받았습니다모든 선교기업들이 직면한 만만치 않은 도전 속에서 혁신적인 돌파구를 만들  있도록 기도해 주시기 바랍니다.

 
  • SfK Network 전략적 파트적인 Hesed Group 2021  그룹 회원사 사업 계획들을 검토했습니다코로나 19 지속적인 위협 속에서도 모든 구성원이 혁신적인 해결책을 추구하며 앞으로 나아가기로 결단했습니다2021 년에 하나님 께서 의로운 오른손으로 모든 지도자를 붙잡아 주시도록 기도해주십시오.

 다가오는 일정
  1. SfK MB Academy 온라인 훈련프로그램인 BMT 2021 8월에 두번째로 개최  계획입니다관심이 있는 분들에게 홍보해 주시고 앞으로 온라인 훈련 플랫폼이  많은 관심을   있도록 기도해 주시기 바랍니다.

  2. Hesed Cambodia 유아식 제품 생산 가능성을 모색하고 있습니다이러한 노력이 결실을 맺도록 기도해주십시오.

  3. 한국 Joybells Investment 다른 기독교 단체와 공동으로 크라우드 펀딩 법인을 설립하여 국내외 사회적  선교적 기업을  지원하기 위한 자금 조달 메커니즘을 구축하고 있습니다SfK Korea  벤처에 투자를 결정했습니다 협력이 창의적인 방법으로 하나님 나라를 발전시키는  도움이 되도록 기도해주십시오.

  4. SfK Network 인도케냐필리핀에 있는 다수의 농업 기업과 협력을 모색하고 있습니다.  협력을 통해 하나님 나라를 더욱 발전시킬 열매를 맺도록 기도해주십시오.

  5. SfK Network 1  30  SfK Life 이사회에 제출할 3 개년 전략 계획 (2021-2023) 마무리하고 있습니다 계획이 하나님의 나라를 위해 의식적인 의도를 하나님 나라 사역을 위해 효과적으로 헌신하여 시현할  있도록 기도해 주시기 바랍니다.

아시아와 아프리카에 있는 선교 사업체들을 훈련하고 역량강화하는 저희 SfK사역을 위해 신실한 기도와 후원으로 함께 동역해주셔서 감사합니다.


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선하시고 의로우신 주님이 지속되고있는 코로나 19 어려움 속에서도 충만하게 축복하셔서 여러분 주변 이웃과  세계에 흩어져 있는 많은 소외된 자들에게  복의 통로가 되시길 기도합니다

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

SfK Newsletter - December 2020

SfK December 2020 Newsletter

 
"The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
(Matthew 11:5,6)
Christ-Centered Businesses: Disciple-Making in the Midst of Profit-Making
by Darren Shearer
Theology of Business Institute
https://www.theologyofbusiness.com/christ-centered-businesses-disciple-making-in-the-midst-of-profit-making/

 
It is true that business institutions cannot be considered as “born-again,” for that unspeakable joy and privilege is reserved for individual people who possess a spirit, soul, and body. However, insofar as certain charities can be considered “Christian” charities and local church institutions can be considered “Christian” organizations—despite that not every person sitting in its pews has been born-again in the John 3:3 sense—businesses may also be labeled as “Christian” in this regard.

Rather than labeling a business—or, for that matter, any other organization—as “Christian,” it may be more theologically and biblically consistent to label such businesses as “Christ-centered.” Here is a working definition of a “Christ-centered business”:

… a value-creating, profit-generating, and law-abiding organization dedicated to making disciples of Jesus Christ through leadership by born-again Christians who are led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

It is assumed that all business leaders want their companies to survive over the long-term, which is only possible through creating value, generating profit, and abiding by the laws of the land. Given the scope of this article, we will focus on the latter two criteria of what it means to be a Christ-centered business:

  1. A Christ-centered business is dedicated to making disciples of Jesus Christ.
  2. A Christ-centered business is led by born-again Christians who are, in turn, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Continue reading article >>>
 
Ministry Updates
 
1. SfK MB Academy led a BAM seminar for Global South Leadership Forum in Korea. A dozen pastors and Christian scholars attended and their response was very encouraging. Please pray that the participants will create significant influence in their spheres of life. 
 
2. SfK Korea held its in-person board meeting on Nov 13, 14. The board welcomed two new directors, Sungsoo Kim and Donghoon Choi, and the shareholders elected Sungho Kim as Standing Auditor. Missionary Min Young Jung, Advisor to SfK Ministries, joined the board meeting to share insights about where the global mission trends are going. Please pray that the expanded board will be more active in serving the Lord through BAM ministries. 

3. SfK MBA's first BMT 16 sessions have been completed, thanks to God's grace. As a result, a total of 24 participants have graduated and received their certificates of completion. Please pray that the graduates will apply what they learned to their business and life practices. 

4. SfK has in principle agreed to collaborate with a BAM mission agency in Korea. Two ministries plan to sign a memorandum of understanding to document the areas of collaboration. Please pray that this alliance will produce synergy for the Kingdom of God in the BAM ecosystem. 

5. SfK Life approved its 2021 budget at its November board meeting. Please pray that the Lord will provide enough resources to carry out the mission entrusted with SfK.

6. Joybells America has started producing sales in the U.S. Although small, it is the first fruit of year-long efforts in developing a new market in the U.S. Please pray that this humble beginning will grow further in 2021, continuously seeking God's grace and guidance. 

7. SfK has made an investment in a new venture in L country, a socialist nation  Please pray that this new venture will receive God's favor in getting started and laying the foundation. 

8. SfK MB Academy will be strengthened from 2021 as Sungsoo Kim, SfK Tanzania CEO has agreed to assume the office of Deputy Director of SfK MB Academy platform. Please pray that his service will help establish a more solid platform and expand it to the full potential bestowed upon us by the Lord. 

Upcoming Events & Prayer Requests
 
  • SfK Network is in the process of developing its second 3-year strategic plan. Please pray that we will focus on the Lord for His guidance and insights throughout the development and implementation processes.
  • SfK is still working on restructuring its MB Trading platform to be synergistic in empowering missional businesses. Please pray that the Lord will bless us with His discernment and wisdom in the process.
  • SfK is seeking to solidify its relationship with Joybells Investment Company, a Kingdom Investment company. We are discussing practical ways to implement this intent. Please pray that our intent will be fruitful practically advancing His Kingdom.
  • SfK Korea is yet to consummate the transaction to sell its ownership in Hesed Global to create a fund to expand the MB Fund capacity. Please pray that all transactions will go through smoothly.
  • Srolan Mango in Cambodia is undergoing a large-scale expansion project as a joint venture. Please pray that the intent for His Kingdom may remain the main driving force behind all decision-making processes. 
  • Joybells America in the U.S. will restructure its leadership and management in 2021. Please pray that the process will be edifying and strengthening its marketing activities in the U.S.
 
Thank you for standing with us with your prayer and support in equipping and empowering missional businesses in Asia and Africa even under the global pandemic.
 
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May God bless you abundantly, particularly during the season for which Jesus Christ is the reason, so that you may become a greater blessing to people in need around you and around the world!
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